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The Krugersdorp Cult Killings – Jana Marx

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The Krugersdorp Cult Killings – Jana Marx

Jana Marx unpacks her book 'The Krugersdorp Cult Killings'. (Editing: Darlene Creamer)

12th November 2020


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Eleven murders over a period of four years sent shockwaves through the Krugersdorp community and made headlines nationwide.

Eventually these murders were connected to Cecilia Steyn and her cult, Electus per Deus (chosen by God). Members of the cult were willing to do anything for Cecilia – even if it meant committing murder.


The murderers are intelligent, ordinary people – a teacher, a financial broker, and a teenager who – despite her involvement in the murders – still managed to obtain six distinctions in matric and be accepted to medical school. Their victims merely kept their appointments, not knowing that their appointments were with death.

Who is Cecilia Steyn?


How can one person manipulate five others to commit murder and perjury on her behalf? How did Satanism contribute to all of this? How did inexperienced criminals manage to evade capture for so long?

Jana Marx answers these and other questions in this true-crime account that led to one of the most sensational murder cases in the country’s history.

Through interviews with those in the inner circle, evidence given in court and police files covering a period of four years, Marx attempts to answer the public’s questions and provide a view of the inner workings of such a cult.


Jana Marx earned a degree in theology in 2013 and wrote church-related news on a freelance basis in between. After her studies, she worked as a brand editor at Finesse magazine. In 2015, she was appointed news reporter at Netwerk24. She focuses especially on church-related news and court cases. She reported on the Krugersdorp murder case since it began on May 2018, in the High Court, in Johannesburg and reports directly from the court to Netwerk24, as well as the Afrikaans newspapers Beeld, Die Burger and Volksblad.

The Krugersdorp Cult Killings is published by Lapa 


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